In Columbus, Neb., cost to screen youth-sports volunteers seen as investment

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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 am

COLUMBUS, Neb. — It cost the city thousands of dollars to conduct background checks on hundreds of people who volunteer with local youth sports organizations.

But city officials believe the $10,000-plus price tag to implement the first-year program is worth paying to protect children participating in activities at city-owned facilities.

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